Opinion: McConnell scores zero in transparency analysis

Let's leave aside whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign should be barring the editor of LEO Weekly, or any reporter, from a press event and look at a broader issue.

Saturday marks the end of Sunshine Week, a time when open-government advocacy groups reinforce the importance of public access to information. And that reminded me of an assessment this year from GovTrack.us that showed congressional support for transparency in all things is relative.


Peace Corps for Geeks’ in Lexington to focus on more effective, interactive city

Three fellows from Code for America – the “Peace Corps for Geeks” – arrived in Lexington today to begin a 10-month partnership focused on improving neighborhood quality of life through more effective and interactive city government.

Winning a highly competitive selection process, Lexington is one of just 10 governments nationwide to get the opportunity to participate in Code for America this year.


Open Records on Pension Benefits

It always rankles when someone elected to public office tells the people who put him there that they don't really need to know something about government.

It further rankles when people asking for information are characterized as "nosy."

But that is exactly what state Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said last week as he explained to reporter John Cheves his plan for killing a bill that would provide more transparency about our deeply troubled state retirement system.


Jailer ‘subverted’ Kentucky Open Records Act

From The Times Tribune:  An open records appeal by Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell got a response from the state attorney general’s office dated May 15.

And it states Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley “subverted” Kentucky’s Open Records Act in response to a request made by the sheriff earlier this year.